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Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 83-90

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A DVD Program on Fall Prevention Skills Training for Cancer Family Caregivers

  • Patricia PotterAffiliated withBarnes-Jewish Hospital Email author 
  • , Sarah OlsenAffiliated withSiteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical Center
  • , Marilee KuhrikAffiliated withSiteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical Center
  • , Nancy KuhrikAffiliated withSiteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical Center
  • , Lance R. HuntleyAffiliated withBarnes-Jewish Hospital

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Abstract

This feasibility study tested an instructional DVD program for improving cancer family caregivers' knowledge and preparedness in fall prevention and reducing fall occurrence among the patients they care for at home. DVD program features included training caregivers on safe mobility skills. Family caregivers of cancer patients were surveyed before and after viewing the DVD program on “Moving Safely” in the home. Cancer patients were followed 4 months postintervention to determine if fall occurrence was reduced. There was a decrease in the number of patients who fell postintervention compared with those who fell preintervention. Caregivers' perceptions of knowledge about fall prevention improved significantly after viewing the DVD. An instructional DVD program is an effective educational tool for preparing family caregivers with the knowledge and skills needed to reduce the incidence of falls in the home setting. Educators must develop programs for preparing family caregivers to perform nursing skills within the home.

Keywords

Cancer Family caregiving Electronic media Fall prevention